Classroom Assistants and Teachers

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th December 2015.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures available for the proportion of (1) male, and (2) female (a) teachers, and (b) teaching assistants in (i) primary, and (ii) secondary, schools in the UK.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The requested information is set out in the following table. This is based on data collected in November 2014 for the School Workforce Census. The following table shows the proportion of full-time equivalent (FTE) male and female teachers and teaching assistants in primary and secondary state-funded schools in England.

(a) Teachers1

(b) Teaching Assistants2

(1) Male

(2) Female

(1) Male

(2) Female

(i) Primary

15%

85%

5%

95%

(ii) Secondary

38%

62%

17%

83%

All

26%

74%

9%

91%

Source: School Workforce Census

  1. Teacher numbers include all regular qualified and unqualified, covering classroom and all leadership grades.

  1. Teaching Assistants include higher level teaching assistants, special needs support staff, minority ethnic pupils support staff and other staff with pupil support roles.

Equivalent figures for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are a matter for the relevant Devolved Administration.

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